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                            Lead Poisoning Hazards of Children’s Product Recalls
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Lead paint has been found on everything from snaps on an infant’s romper to Radio Flyer
wagons. Recent recalls for high levels of lead include children’s jewelry, pajamas, toy sets,
easels, and stuffed balls. Lead is used again and again in products for children, leading to
possible developmental problems just from playing with toys.

Lead has been known to be dangerous for over 100 years. It is most harmful to children ages six
and younger, causing nervous system damage, attention disorders, and other bad health effects.
Even with the known hazards and the 1978 ban of lead paint, over 156 million units of children’s
products have been recalled due to the presence of lead since 1990.

KID first reported on lead in children’s products in our 2004 report, Playing With Poison. That
report tracked 98 children’s products recalled because of lead between 1990 and 2004. Since
then, the number of products has skyrocketed, due primarily to the increase in testing and the
increase in products made outside the US. In 2007 alone there were 109 recalls. Lead is one
issue that will be addressed in the new CPSC Reform Act of 2008. In the meantime, states such
as Illinois, Vermont, and California have implemented their own bans.

Lead poisoning is almost impossible to detect without a blood test. In addition, doctors often
screen for lead based on high-risk factors that do not include the risks from toys or nursery items.
Children’s products containing lead or lead paint may be an overlooked dangerous source of
poisoning.

Based on these findings Kids In Danger recommends the following:

    •    The government should set a maximum allowable level of lead for children’s products
         based on the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of 40 ppm including in
         lead and in the product itself.
    •    The best way to keep poisonous children’s products out of homes is to require that toys
         and nursery items be tested for safety before they are sold.

What can parents and caregivers do?
   Every child from 6 months to 6 years should be tested for lead each year. Your health
care provider can give you more information about other sources of lead poisoning.
   Check your home or childcare for recalled products, including those with lead. You can
check products at www.cpsc.gov or find out more at www.KidsInDanger.org. See the
list of products recalled for lead on the back of this sheet.
   Sign up for email notice of recalls at www.cpsc.gov and KID’s monthly email alerts at
www.Kidsindanger.org

116 W. Illinois, Suite 5E                                                              312/595-0649
Chicago, IL 60610                                                               www.KidsInDanger.org
                                                                       Playing With Poison
                                                      Children’s Products Recalled for Lead Hazard 2004-2008
    Find complete recall information on these products at www.cpsc.gov. These are specific products; not all of the named
    products by these manufacturers have been recalled. Check the recall notice for dates of manufacturer and sale and model
    numbers as appropriate. For information on lead in products older than 2004, please visit www.cpsc.gov.
A&A Global Industries "Groovy Grabber" Bracelets                        Greenbrier Internat’l Metal Jewelry                               Reebok International Heart-Shaped Charm Bracelets
A.A. of America Toy Wrestler Figures                                    Guidecraft Inc. Floor & Tabletop Puppet Theaters                  Reeves International Ornaments: 2006 Snow Princess Stirrup, 2007
American Girl Children’s Jewelry                                        HaPe International Anima - Bamboo Collection Games                Holiday Stirrup, 2007 Photo Frame Horse Shoe
American Greetings Corp. DesignWare® Confetti Bursts                    Hampton Direct Magnetic Toy Train Sets                            Regent Products Stuffed Fun Balls
Amscan “Ugly Teeth” Party Favors                                        Henry Gordy International “Galaxy Warriors” Toy Figures           Rhode Island Novelty Spinning Wheel-Metal & Mood Necklaces
Antioch Publishing Cool Clip™ Bookmarks & Journals                      HIS International Denim Jumper Sets                               Rhode Island Novelty Powerpuff Girls Necklaces
Avon Products Basketball & Flower Tables                                Hidden Hills Floor Mat Games                                      Riddell Collectible “Jeff Gordon” Mini Helmets
Bell Racing Collectible Mini Helmets                                    Hirschberg Schutz "Charming Thoughts" Metal Charms                Riverside Publishing Memory Testing Cards
Benjamin International Pendants & C&le Charms                           Hobby Lobby Stores Halloween-Themed Baskets                       Riviera Trading Metallic costume bracelets
Buy-Rite Divine Inspiration & Sparkle City Bracelets; Tack Pin sets     Hobby Lobby Stores Camouflage Eggs & Spinning Egg Top Toys        S.U. Wholesale X Force Commander Airplanes, Cars, Motorcycles
CBOCS Distribution Princess Magnetic Travel Art Set Lap Desks           International Sourcing Dragster & Funny Car toy                   Samara Brothers Starting Out Shirt & Overalls
Cardinal Distributing Children's Bracelets & "Sportswear" Necklaces     J.C. Penney Disney™ Winnie-the-Pooh 23-Piece Play Sets            Samara Brothers Heavyweight Outerwear Jackets
Cardinal Distributing Children's Rings (Dice; Horseshoes; Turquoise)    J.C. Penney Deluxe Wood Art Sets                                  Santa’s Toy Western Rider Push Toys
Celebrate Express Gigantic Gemstone Ring                                J.C. Penney Breyer 2006 Stirrup Ornaments                         Schylling Associates Spinning Tops & Tin Pails
Cherrydale Fundraising Decorative Stretchable Aqua Bracelets            Jo-Ann Stores Children’s Toy Gardening Tools, Toy Rake            Schylling Associates Duck Family Collectable Wind-Up Toy
Christmas Tree Shops Wooden Blocks & Jumbo Wooden Train Sets            Jo-Ann Stores Children’s Robbie Ducky Holiday Water Globes        Schylling Associates Winnie-the-Pooh Spinning Top
Claire's Boutiques Children's Necklaces                                 KB Toys Wooden Wagons, Activity Learning Carts, Alphabet Blocks   Schylling Associates Dizzy Ducks Music Box
Codee International Codeena Princess Metal Jewlery                      Kahoot Products Cub Scouts Totem Badges                           Schylling Associates “Robot 2000” collectable tin robot
Colossal Jewelry & Accessories Metal Necklaces & Bracelets              Kash N’ Gold Tinker Bell Lamps                                    Selected Trading Corp. Children’s Necklaces
Cranium Inc. Cranium Cadoo Board Games                                  Kids II Baby Einstein Discover & Play Color Blocks                Shakespeare fishing poles
Crimzon Rose "Kidsite" Necklace & Silver Stud Earring sets              Kipp Brothers Bendable Dinosaur Toys                              Shalom International Children's "Rachael Rose Kidz" Rings
DM Merchandising Children's "Ultra Gear" Bracelets                      La Femme NY 2 Children’s Necklace & Earring Sets                  Simplicity Lancaster Cribs
Daiso Seattle Children’s Jewelry                                        Land of Nod Antique White Furniture                               SimplyFun Ribbit Board Games
DecoPac Football Bobble Head Cake Decorations                           Lari Jewelry "Claudia Jublot" Children's Rings                    Spandrel Sales & Marketing Children's Necklaces, Bracelets, Rings
Delta Enterprises Europa Cribs                                          Little Tikes Flashlights                                          Starite Internat’l Happy Giddy Gardening Tools & Sunny Patch Chairs
Delta Enterprises Cars, Toy Storage Bench                               Liz Claiborne Juicy Couture Children’s Jewelry                    Stravina Operating Metal Necklace & Zipper Pulls
Discount School Supply Shaving Paint Brushes                            MTD Products Budding Gardener Complete Gardening Set              StyleMark Children’s Sunglasses
Discount School Supply Giant Measuring Chart                            Magus Industry Children’s Storage Bins                            TJ Promotions Fish Coin Banks
Discount School Supply Tic Tac Turtle Toss Mats                         Martin Designs SpongeBob SquarePants™ Address Books & Journals    TOBY N.Y.C. TOBY & ME Jewelry Sets
Discount School Supply Elite 5-in-1 Easels                              Marvel Toys Curious George Plush Dolls                            The Boppy Company Boppy Slipcovers
Disney Store Pirates of the Caribbean Sleeping Bags                     Master Toys & Novelties Cowboy on a Horse Little Rider Toys       The Boyds Collection Eli's Small Drums & Liberty's Large Drums
Disney Store Tinker Bell Wands                                          Mattel Various Barbie Accessory Toys                              The Children’s Place Retail Stores Camouflage Pajama Sets
Dolgencorp Children’s Fashion Sunglasses                                Mattel “Sarge” die cast toy cars                                  The Gift Wrap Hanging Photo Frames
Dollar General Merchandising Metal Key Chains                           Meco furniture set                                                The Home Depot Holiday Figurines
Dollar General Merchandising Pull-Back Action Toy Cars                  Merchant Media Toy Puzzle Vehicle Sets                            Toy Century Industrial Company "Elite Operations" Toy Sets
Dollar General Merchandising Frankenstein Tumblers                      Michaels Stores Seasonal Writing Pens                             Toy Century Industrial Invincibles Transport Converters Toy Sets
Dollar General Corp Necklace, Earring sets, Heart Shaped Pendant        Mission City Press A Life of Faith Charm Bracelet Sets            Toy Century Industrial Soldier Bear Brand Toy Sets
Dollar Tree Mood, Glow-in-the-Dark, & UV Necklace & Ring                Monogram International Disney Princess Bracelet Keyrings          Toy Investments Floppy Friends Horse Toys
Downeast Concepts Backyard & Beyond Metal Water Bottles                 Netshops Children's Table & Chair                                 Toys “R” Us Elite Operations Toys
Early Childhood Resources Yellow Sure Grip Paint Brushes                Nintendo of America Character-themed lapel pins                   Toys “R” Us Children’s Toy Decorating Sets
Educational Insights Ring Toss Games                                    Northern Tool & Equipment “Big Red” Wagons                        Toys "R" Us Imaginarium Wooden Coloring Cases
Eveready Battery “Pirates of the Caribbean” Squeeze Lights              OKK Trading Interchange Robot Toys                                Tricam Industries Metal Toy Wagons
FGX International Children’s Sunglasses                                 OKK Trading Toy Racing Cars                                       Tween Brands Decorative Packaging Pearl-like Bead Attachments
FUNTASTIC Hillbilly Teeth                                               Oriental Trading Children's Religious Fish Necklaces              Tween Brands Children's Metal Jewelry
Family Dollar Stores Purple Halloween Pails with Witch Decorations      Oriental Trading Beaded Photo Charm Bracelet                      Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Metal Charms
Family Dollar Stores Rachel Rose & Distinctly Basics Metal Jewelry      Pecoware Children’s Metal Necklaces                               U.S. Toy Co. Children's Butterfly Necklaces
Far East Brokers & Consultants Fishing Games                            Provo Craft & Novelty Snaps and Clips                             Uncas Manuf. Sleeping Beauty Crown & Cinderella Star Earring Sets
First Learning Company & Toy World Group Soldier Bear Toys              Provo Craft & Novelty Art Accentz™ Changlz™ Metal Charms          United Imports Children's Mood Necklaces
Fisher-Price Sesame Street Dora the Explorer, & other children's toys   Pure Allure Crystal Innovations jewelry                           Wal-Mart Stores "Hip Charm" Key Chains
Fisher-Price Go Diego Go Animal Rescue Boats                            QuinCrafts Makit & Bakit Jewelry Sets & Suncatcher Sets           Wal Mart Player/Recorder
Fisher-Price Geo Trax Locomotive Toys                                   R.L. Albert & Son Skull Pails Filled With Halloween Candy Mix     Walt Disney World Sunglasses/Cap
Fisher-Price Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys                       RC2 Various Thomas & Friends Wodden Railway Toys                  WeGlow International Children’s Metal Jewelry
Flaghouse Kidnastics Balance Beams                                      RC2 The First Years 3-in-1 Flush & Sounds Potty Seats             Zebco fishing poles
Fun Express Bendable toys                                               RC2 Britain’s “Knights of the Sword” Series Toys                  Zhongshan Foods Toy Gardening Hand Rakes
Future Industries Essentials for Kids Jewelry Sets                      RR Donnelley Reading & Math Aids & ESI-R Screening Materials      eeBoo Sketchbooks with Colored Spira
Galison/Mudpuppy Wire-O Bound Journals & Calendars                      Raymond Geddes Children’s Pencil Pouches                          Bead Bazaar "It's a Girl Thing" Bracelets, Necklaces, Phone Charm
GeoCentral Butterfly Necklaces                                          Raymond Geddes Metallic necklaces
Greenbrier Internat’l Baby Bead & Wire Toys & Action! Cars              Really Useful Products Children's mood & diva necklaces




                     116 W. Illinois, Suite 5E                                                                                                            312/595-0649
                     Chicago, IL 60610                                                                                                             www.KidsInDanger.org

				
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